The Etsuko and Joe Price Collection is world-renowned for its collection of Japanese paintings of the Edo Period (1615–1868) featuring screens, hanging scrolls, and fan-format paintings.
Acquired over the past five decades, the Price collection commemorates painting of the Edo period, a time when Japan had purposefully cut itself off from extensive contact with the rest of the world. During that period of national seclusion, independent and diversely creative artists flourished as never before.
Throughout the length of the three-month exhibition, several works will be rotated to accommodate the scale of the collection and provide protection for light-sensitive works. Edo-period paintings are not meant to be seen by means of artificial light, but rather under a soft glow reminiscent of the light that came through traditional Japanese paper “shoji” doors.
Joe Price trained as an engineer and was tutored by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was under Wright's influence that Price began collecting Japanese paintings in the 1950s. Price purchased his first painting while on a business trip to New York with Wright. During the course of nearly half a century, Price and his wife, Etsuko, have amassed a painting collection of more than 200 magnificent works.
Highlights include some of the finest examples of the distinctive and compelling renderings of animal life by Ito Jakuchu (1716–1800), an artist who caught Joe Price’s eye five decades ago, when the artist was fairly unknown. The collection also features Kansai-region artists such as Maruyama Okyo, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Mori Sosen, and artists of the Edo Rimpa school including Sakai Hoitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu. The exhibition has been on a four-city tour in Japan and was the highest-attended exhibition in the world in 2006.
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